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June 17, 2015

Jun 17 06:39

University of Illinois Slammed with Censure Over Salaita Firing

In a decision that may have long-lasting repercussions for the university's reputation, a leading university group on Saturday voted to censure the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for firing Professor Steven Salaita after he made comments critical of Israel's attack on Gaza last summer. The university rescinded Salaita's tenured faculty appointment at school's the American Indian studies program after he issued a series of Tweets condemning those who defended Israel's military actions against Palestinians in Gaza ... The school board's dismissal of Salaita received widespread condemnation by groups accusing the university of having a pro-Israel bias.

Jun 17 06:37

The Magna Carta’s very Jewish underpinnings

And as the rebellious barons and recalcitrant king brokered a short-lasting peace — via a pact hailed as a founding legal document enshrining human rights, civil liberties and the use of authority — Jewish history gained another footnote.

Jun 17 06:34

The history of Henry Mancini's Moon River

Most of the score of one of the 20th Century's most popular film tunes, Moon River, was never written down, but a painstaking restoration is about to make its debut in London. Moon River was made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, in which she played the part of New York socialite Holly Golightly. But Hepburn was not a trained singer and initially Paramount film-makers thought they would need to dub somebody else's voice. But the composer Henry Mancini persevered in composing something she could manage.

Jun 17 06:32


At around 7:30 p.m. last Saturday evening, Aiken County Sheriff’s Deputy and former Marine, Matthew Blakley shot and killed his 24-year-old wife, Candace in their North Augusta home. Blakley admitted to having done it, but claimed it was an accident. Sunday afternoon—less than a day after the killing—Blakley was released on bond. The day after that, less than two days after admittedly shooting his wife to death, authorities declared that the deputy will NOT be charged with first or second-degree murder, but “involuntary manslaughter.”

Jun 17 06:31

Netanyahu is king in a world of perpetual fear

Mr Netanyahu’s intransigence had destroyed Israel’s “credibility” in regard to a two-state solution, Mr Obama added, indicating that he would not seek to revive peace talks.

Jun 17 06:29

Criminalizing Criticism: A Zionist Project

From the 1920s on into the 1990s, the Zionists controlled the storyline in the West on the Israel-Palestine conflict. This meant that their version of history was the only version as far as most of the people in the West were concerned. Consequentially, they had an uncontested media field to label the Palestinians and their supporters as "terrorists" - the charge of anti-Semitism was not yet widely used. Also, as a consequence of their monopoly, the Zionists did not bother to engage in public debate. Then, over the last twenty years the Zionists slowly lost their monopoly ... Besides the public outcry over anti-Semitism, the Zionists are working behind closed doors - the closed doors of American state and federal legislatures and university board rooms - where they do not have to face serious debate.

Jun 17 06:04

Digital data is a mortal risk

The tech culture would have you believe that the digital format has produced untold innovations and advancements for personal development, societal advancement and business innovations.


June 16, 2015

Jun 16 23:07

Donald Trump for President: 'I don't care, I'm really rich'

Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he hopes to become the Republican candidate for president in 2016, saying he will run, regardless of donations, thanks to his mega wealth. "I'm using my own money. I'm not using the lobbyists, I'm not using donors, I don't care. I'm really rich," said Trump, later saying his net worth is well over US$8 billion.

Jun 16 23:03

Canadian Government Lambasted for Stifling Science and Dissent

From muzzling watchdog groups to persecuting whistleblowers, from devaluing Indigenous voices to undermining labor unions, from defunding environmental charities to criminalizing peaceful protests, the Canadian government made civil society organizations "Public Enemy #1."

Jun 16 23:01

Slovakia does not rule out connecting its power network to Turkish Stream — Foreign Minister

Slovakia is interested in keeping gas transit via Ukraine but does not rule out connecting its power network to the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Laichak said Tuesday.

Jun 16 22:59

West Changes Policy Towards Russia

The West has taken practical steps to punish Russia for its independent foreign policy with corresponding changes to be inserted into its strategy. The research works of London-based Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, normally reflect the general trends in evolution of thinking in Anglo-Saxon world and beyond.

Jun 16 22:57

Snowden Does a Product Endorsement

Does Ed Snowden Really Trust Apple?

Jun 16 22:52

Israel’s behaviour will bankrupt it over time

Two recent reports suggest that Israel could face catastrophic consequences if it fails to end the mistreatment of Palestinians under its rule, whether in the occupied territories or in Israel itself.

Jun 16 20:50

Germany prints stamps of Palestinian iconic cartoon

Germany has printed stamps depicting Naji al-Ali's Handala, the cartoon of an orphan who became the iconic symbol of Palestinian identity and resistance back in early 1970s.

In an attempt to raise awareness about the deplorable conditions of Palestinians, Germany’s main post office (Deutsche post) is printing Ali’s work on a series of its stamps and plans to donate the revenue to equip a hospital in the Palestinian city of Beit Sahour, Palestinian television network Paltoday.tv reported on Tuesday.




Jun 16 16:34

Trump trumped by Twitter trolls

I demand to see Donald Trump's hair's birth certificate.
— Scriblit (@Scriblit) June 16, 2015

The millions of dollars @realDonaldTrump is about to spend LOSING this campaign could actually help millions of Americans... #DonaldTrump
— Lauren K. Gray (@laurenkgray) June 16, 2015

To summarize #DonaldTrump presidential announcement.. He's really rich. Politicians are stupid. Back to u in the studio.
— Joe Torres (@joetorresABC7) June 16, 2015

Jun 16 16:33

Netanyahu Insists Twitter Users 'GET THE FACTS' on 'Gaza Conflict'

Two days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted, in caps no less, for folks to 'GET THE FACTS' on the Gaza Conflict. He links to an Israeli government report.

Jun 16 16:30

Prosecutor: Cadet traded videos showing boys forced into sex

A prosecutor in New York says a West Point cadet collected and traded photos and videos of boys being forced into sexual acts.

Jun 16 16:30

Campaign against EU ‘Link Tax’

A costly new EU ‘link tax’ could be on the way, threatening the future of popular websites including reddit and Google News. A similar Link Tax already exists in Germany, and in Spain, and is being considered in Austria right now. Tomorrow, the EU Parliament will vote on a draft report on the harmonization of copyright, prepared by German MEP Julia Reda.

This report includes a provision that would encourage the implementation of ancillary copyright for press publishers–a ‘link tax’ that requires aggregators and search engines to pay for snippets of text to link to news articles. The Save The Link network is calling upon MEPs on the Legal Affairs committee, in particular Vice-Chair Jean-Marie Cavada, to reject this proposal, and any others that would restrict the right to link, or implement fees simply for linking.

Jun 16 16:29

Hillary Clinton calls for preschool for all children

Hillary Rodham Clinton put early childhood education at the front of her agenda Monday, pledging that as president she would work to make preschool available and affordable for every American child.

Jun 16 16:27

CIA Refuses To Release Osama's Porn Collection Information To Bro Who Submitted FOIA For It

Yes, the CIA said that United States law forbade the CIA from mailing out "obscene or crime-inciting matter." Now, I realize through, ahem, research for this post that the names of skin-flicks can sometimes take on the use of colorful language, but does the CIA's genteel sensibility really trump the public's rights under the Freedom of Information Act? Or is the concern centered more on some strange notion that the government embarrassing bin Laden by revealing his wank-files will inspire acts of violence? Either way, this silly request from BroBible doesn't deserve such a silly response from the CIA.

Jun 16 16:24

Everyone's An Agent: UK Company Provides Spy Software To Teachers To Weed Out Child Terrorists

Never content to simply let America take a bad idea and run with it alone, these past few years have seen our friends in the UK slowly start to lose their collective minds concerning terrorism and radical Islam. It's hard to be too terribly snarky about it, considering here in America we've done our best to perfect overreacting to terrorism, but when the UK decided to institute something like Orwellian "thought crime," it was still worth noting how dumb of an idea it was. But our British friends weren't done. Now, schools throughout the country are being offered some very special software that will allow teachers to spy on student activities to try to weed out the eventually-maybe-might-be-radicalized.

Jun 16 16:17

Taking Note - The Editorial Page Editor's BlogIsrael’s Ludicrous Spoof of Western Journalists

If you don’t have a good story to tell, a tried and tested tactic is to lampoon the press.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry, which is bracing for a United Nations report on its conduct during last year’s war in Gaza, gave it a shot this week.

It was lame. It wasn’t funny. It was offensive.

The ministry released an animated video depicting a clueless, blonde, American-accented television journalist reporting idiotically from the Gaza Strip as Hamas militants lurked in the background. The spoof echoes a longstanding claim by the Israeli government: that Western journalists reporting from Gaza are often biased against Israel and refrain from criticizing Hamas, the militant group that runs the occupied territory.

Jun 16 16:02

FLASHBACK - NSA Has A 50,000 Computer Botnet From Secretly Installing Malware Around The Globe

Over the weekend, the Dutch media operation NRC published yet another Ed Snowden slide, showing how the NSA had infected 50,000 computer networks with malware. The only really new thing here is the number. We already knew the NSA's TAO (Tailored Access Operations) group was infecting computers around the globe using packet injection, via a system it calls "quantum injection", and that it's used these to install malware on key computers inside Belgacom, the Belgian telco giant. However, the latest report basically shows that the NSA has been able to compromise computers and networks in the same manner all around the globe:

Jun 16 15:32

US military jackals tearing Ukraine apart

The Ukrainian authorities are struggling to bring their armed forces in combat-ready status, while hoping to receive assistance from the West. US military instructors have arrived at a military base near Lviv. NATO is exporting weapons from Ukraine. Pravda.Ru discussed issues related to recent military activities in Ukraine with Vadim Fersovich, a military expert, journalist, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a participant of combat actions in Afghanistan as part of the US Marine Corps.

"In Kiev, they believe that three hundred US commandoes, who arrived in Ukraine, are going to save the country like heroes. Why is that so?"

"In Ukraine, people tend to idealize the US Army. This army is best-trained of all western armies, but all programs to train foreign armies with the help of American instructors have proved to be unsuccessful. The problem here is about motivation. One can teach a soldier how to shoot, but soldiers must be motivated to go to war.

Jun 16 15:31

Veterans Urge Drone Operators to Refuse Orders to Fly

An increasing number of United States military veterans are counseling United States military drone operators to refuse to fly drone surveillance/attack missions – the veterans are even helping sponsor prime time television commercials urging drone operators to “refuse to fly.”

In a letter released today by KnowDrones.com, 44 former members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines whose ranks range from private to colonel and whose military service spans 60 years, “urge United States drone pilots, sensor operators and support teams to refuse to play any role in drone surveillance/ assassination missions. These missions profoundly violate domestic and international laws intended to protect individuals’ rights to life, privacy and due process.”

Jun 16 15:30

Donald Trump: Oprah would be a "great" vice president

After his splashy announcement Tuesday that he's running for the Republican presidential nomination, billionaire businessman Donald Trump made another bold declaration: Oprah Winfrey would be a "great" running mate.

"I think Oprah would be great. I'd love to have Oprah," Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "I think we'd win easily, actually."


Jun 16 15:20

OC GOP Opposes SB 277 (Pan) – Schoolchildren Vaccination Bill

Last night, the Republican Party of Orange County voted to approve a resolution opposing SB 277, the bill by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) on vaccination of schoolchildren.

Proposed by OC GOP Sergeant-at-Arms Tim Whitacre, the resolution passed after a short discussion with many SB 277 opponents in the audience.

OC GOP Chairman Fred Whitaker opened the discussion on the resolution by speaking about individual liberty, the overreach of government, and how many Democrats were re-registering as Republicans in light of SB 277.

Jun 16 15:11

How can the BLS show hundreds of thousands of new jobs being created by new small businesses every month if more businesses have been closing than starting since 2008?

How can the BLS show hundreds of thousands of new jobs being created by new small businesses every month if more businesses have been closing than starting since 2008? They use a model based upon the trend from 1977 to 2008. The model is WRONG. Small businesses have a net REDUCTION in jobs every month as Obamacare, crappy sales, taxes, and inflation destroy their businesses. The BLS adjustment is a BIG FAT FUCKING LIE.

Jun 16 15:05

Politics Sachs: How Wall Street's Biggest Bank Has Both Bush and Clinton on the Hook

American Presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, are in the pocket of Wall Street’s most successful bank.

Jun 16 15:05

Russia slashes investments into US government securities — US Department of Treasury

Russia has again cut its free cash investments into US government securities. The figure dropped by $3.4 bln in April, the US Department of Treasury reported.

Russia currently holds securities amounting to $66.5 bln as compared to March figure of $69.9 bln. The trend is underway since August 2014, when the share of US government securities in the Russian portfolio totaled $118.1 bln and Russia was ranked 12th in the list of main holders of US government bonds.

Russia is 22nd in the above list as of April 2015.

Jun 16 15:04

Not a single Russia-NATO cooperation program works — Russian diplomat

Not a single Russia-NATO cooperation program is functioning for the moment, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov told TASS on Tuesday.

"None of the Russia-NATO programs that used to be at work are functioning at a working level," he said.


Jun 16 14:47


"You believe that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a woman made from a rib was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.

"And you don't understand why I have doubts?"

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Jun 16 14:42

Sessions of three subgroups of the Contact group on Ukraine have started in Minsk

Closed-door sessions of three subgroups of the Contact group on situation settlement in the South-East of Ukraine have started on Tuesday in Minsk, the MFA of Belarus informed.
«Closed-door subgroups meetings on security, political, humanitarian issues has started today in «President-hotel», Minsk», - is said in the message.
After the end of negotiations of thematic subgroups participants, the Contact group session will take place there.

Jun 16 14:41

The LPR Federation of Trade Unions has become a full-fledged member of World Federation of Trade Unions

The LPR Trade Union Federation has become a full-fledged member of World Trade Union Federation, LuhanskInformCentre was informed by the Chairman of the LPR Federation of Trade Unions Oleg Akimov.
According to him, Presidential Council of World Federation of Trade Unions that held sittings on June 6-7, Geneva (Switzerland), has approved the request on a membership of Federation of Trade Unions of the Luhansk People`s Republic in the world union.

Jun 16 14:35

Bosnian Serb Republic considering request to Russia to veto UN resolution on Srebrenica

President of Bosnia’s Serb Republic, Milorad Dodik, has made public his intention to ask Russia to veto a resolution of the UN Security Council on Srebrenica.
He said he was going to ask Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the motion at a personal meeting in St Petersburg on June 18, since he believes the endorsement of this resolution would bring about a further escalation of tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Jun 16 14:33

24 people, including 6 women, killed in DPR in past week - DPR human rights ombudsman

"In the period from June 6 to 12, twenty-four people, including six women, were killed as a result of combat operations in the region. As many as 18 people, including 15 civilians, were taken to hospital with wounds of various degrees of gravity," the Donetsk News Agency quoted the document.
According to the document, nine people, including three civilians, were reported missing or were detained by Ukrainian troops.
Three local citizens were injured in an overnight shelling of Donetsk carried out by the Ukrainian troops, the head of the city’s Petrovsky district said on Tuesday. - http://tass.ru/en/world/800955

Jun 16 14:31

Ukraine recognizes its $3bln debt owed to Russia — finance minister

Ukraine acknowledges its $3 billion debt owed to Russia like any other Eurobonds, Ukraine’s Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko said on Tuesday at the Swedish-Ukrainian business forum.
Putin calls Western money given to Ukraine a "bribe" - http://tass.ru/en/economy/801175

Jun 16 14:30

Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush both say Israel ties will improve in their presidencies

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton both said they would improve relations with Israel while formally announcing their presidential runs.

“I will rebuild our vital friendships,” Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, said Miami in Monday, formally launching his bid for the Republican nomination. “That starts by standing with the brave, democratic State of Israel.”

Republicans accuse President Barack Obama of distancing the United States from Israel.

Bush has garnered many of the Jewish donors who backed his brother, President George W. Bush.

Jun 16 14:29

Ukraine parliamentary opposition collecting signatures for peace in Donbas

The Opposition Bloc's campaign is aimed to collect signatures for peace to make the ruling coalition see how many people in fact want reconciliation and cessation of the military conflict.
Opposition Bloc party urges Poroshenko to stop repressions against opposition http://tass.ru/en/world/801130


Jun 16 14:20

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Torture (HBO)

Jun 16 14:18

NATO hands over emergency contact numbers to Russian side — diplomat

NATO has handed Russia a list of telephone numbers to be used in emergency situations but no other contacts have taken place so far, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov said on Tuesday.

"Everything looks very brief. Telephone numbers that you can call in emergency situations have been handed over to the Russian side. That’s all," Meshkov told TASS.

Jun 16 14:17

Putin rather sees threat in US missile defense system than weapons deployment in Europe

"I’d refrain from whipping up emotions. Of course, we will analyze everything but so far I see nothing that might prompt us to do that [take response measures]," he told a news conference. "It’s rather all about political signals to Russia, in its relations with the European Union."

"We are more worried over the deployment of the missile defence system," he said.

Putin said Russia has all the grounds to take response measures. "If anyone threatens Russia’s territory, it must aim its weapons at those countries the threat is coming from," he said. "It is NATO that is approaching our borders, not vice versa."

Jun 16 13:53

Texas Just SLAMMED Obama By Passing Toughest Border Security Bill In America… This Is EPIC!

As we all know, Obama has created an immigration crisis unlike any other. He has intentionally weakened our southern border to bring in Democratic voters as well as for other destructive reasons. It’s all a part of the big plan to bring down America. That is what he wants and he is doing one hell of a job!

Obama’s illegal amnesty has caused complete chaos for Texas and Governor Abbott has had enough!

Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a ceremony to sign the toughest and most comprehensive border security plan of any state in the United States of America. The legislative package provides historic levels of funding to secure the border, establishes a Child Sex Trafficking Prevention Unit, strengthens penalties for human traffickers, increases funding for the border protection unit, and seeks reimbursement from the federal government for Texas funds spent on border issues.

Jun 16 13:47

EPA's McCarthy mocks suggestions that Agency violated Anti-Lobbying Act

Speaking to an audience of mostly federal employees at the 2015 GreenGov Symposium, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy mocks suggestions that EPA is violating the federal Anti-Lobbying Act by employing tactics to influence the public to advocate in support of EPA's rules.

Jun 16 13:44

Abbas says Palestinian govt to resign within 24 hours - reports

The Palestinian government is to be dissolved within 24 hours, AFP reports, quoting a statement made by President Mahmoud Abbas. The government's spokesman, however, denies any such discussion of dissolution.

"Within 24 hours the Palestinian government will resign," Abbas told members of the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah movement in Ramallah, AFP reports, citing several officials present at the meeting.

The reason for the resignation is the government's inability to act in the Gaza strip, AFP reported earlier in the day citing senior officials with the Palestinian Authority.

“This one [government] is weak and there is no chance that Hamas will allow it to work in Gaza,” said Amin Maqbul, secretary general of the ruling Fatah movement's Revolutionary Council, according to AFP.

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It is a power-grab, no doubt backed by Israel, but it could well backfire and leave HAMAS in control of all Palestine!

Jun 16 13:41

Sunday Times levels copyright charges at Greenwald after he debunks Snowden report

The UK newspaper Sunday Times is accusing US journalist Glenn Greenwald of copyright violations after he debunked the paper's report on Russian and Chinese spies allegedly accessing Edward Snowden's NSA leaks.

Greenwald, who was the first to contact Snowden after he left the US with his data trove, slammed the Sunday Times report which cited unnamed UK officials as saying Britain had to pull back its agents from China and Russia because those two countries had cracked Snowden's documents.

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The Times is throwing a tantrum!

Jun 16 13:33

Texas to Repatriate $1 Billion in Gold from Federal Reserve to New State Depository

Last Friday, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 483 into law, which will create a new state-level bullion depository. According to KVUE-TV, representatives from Governor Abbott’s office said that, under the new law, Texas will repatriate $1 billion in gold from the New York branch of the Federal Reserve to its new state gold depository, which has been unofficially nicknamed Texas’ “Fort Knox.”

Jun 16 13:31

Organic industry in shock as Whole Foods pushes new rating system that promotes chemical agriculture as better than organic

Increasingly, organic farmers are alleging that the Whole Foods brand is using its rather formidable marketing skills behind the scenes, along with its credibility among many consumers, to send the message that conventionally grown produce is just as good as -- or better than -- organically grown products also featured in stores. Shoppers are being given the option of choosing fruits and vegetables that carry the designations "good," "better" or "best."

Jun 16 13:24

10 Years of Climate Data Shows No Sign of Global Warming

Over the years the government and the scientific community have largely stood their ground when it comes to climate change. They've been adamant in their assertion that the planet is gradually warming due to human activity, and that we all need to do our part to stop climate change. However, the data provided by the scientific community doesn't always jibe with their claims.

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Jun 16 13:23

ICE Fails to Track Numerous Sex Offenders They Released

You'd think that government agencies would be sticklers for record keeping and paperwork, and normally you'd be right. The only exception to that rule, is when one government agency is dealing with another, in which case all bets are off. Unfortunately, sometimes this failure to communicate among bureaucracies can cause great harm to the citizens they are supposedly working for.

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Jun 16 13:20

What the $#*&?! Arlington, Virginia Fining People $250 a Pop for Cussing

The arguments about what kind of nation that might make us these days in the eyes of your grandma are, frankly, irrelevant.

The Constitution wasn’t written because the founding fathers were concerned first and foremost that our freedoms might offend some little old lady. In fact, the Bill of Rights was written down on paper because they knew full well that the information therein was probably going to piss someone off, but they wanted to make sure people knew we have been endowed with certain unalienable rights and exactly what those rights are.

The First Amendment is, among other things, about not abridging free speech.

Tossing out fines at $250 a pop for saying cuss words (and widening the definition of what those even are, a huge slippery slope grab to even more power in chilling free speech) is definitely an abridgment.

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Jun 16 12:47

A Horrible Socialist Movie! The Tomorrowland Lie

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Disney plunked down a reported $190 million for this turkey, and promotion/distribution bring the investment to an estimated $330 million in costs. Total Box Office to date is under $90 million following a "fast burn" opening which has already faded (last week the film grossed only $3.5 million, which means the word is out and people are not buying tickets). This propaganda-piece may be on track to join the ranks of Hollywood's biggest flops like Howard the Duck, Ishtar, and Heaven's Gate!

As an interesting side note, in looking at the "reviews" posted at rottentomatoes.com, it is obvious many of the "just plan folks" are actually hired public relations writers trying to boost the film's tomato-score.

Jun 16 12:27

How the Ruling Banking Elite Control the World

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At 3:15 Allan Greenspan confirms that the Federal Reserve does not answer to any US Government agency.

Jun 16 12:25


Jun 16 12:23


"Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of a pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for this world would be a happier and better world to live in. But if you wish to remain slaves of the Bankers and pay for the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits." -- Sir Josiah Stamp, President of the Bank of England in the 1920s, the second richest man in Britain

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Jun 16 12:06

NAACP Imposter Sued School Over Race Claims

The NAACP official who today resigned in the face of evidence that she masqueraded as black once sued Howard University for denying her teaching posts and a scholarship because she was a white woman, The Smoking Gun has learned.

Rachel Dolezal, 37, who headed the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington chapter, sued Howard for discrimination in 2002, the year she graduated from the historically black college with a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Dolezal, then known as Rachel Moore, named the university and Professor Alfred Smith as defendants in a lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C.’s Superior Court. During the pendency of the civil case, Smith was chairman of Howard’s Department of Art.

Jun 16 12:05

Senate votes to ban use of torture

The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to ban the U.S. from ever again subjecting prisoners to waterboarding, “rectal feeding” and other brutal interrogation practices widely condemned as torture.

In a 78-21 vote, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle supported a new prohibition on "enhanced interrogation" practices and other novel detention methods.

“We must continue to insist that the methods we employ in this fight for peace and freedom must always, always, be as right and honorable as the goals and ideals we fight for,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee and an author of the amendment.
“Our enemies act without conscience. We must not.”

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Sounds like election year posturing to me; this country has had laws on the books against torture, but yet torture was done to prisoners of war.

But even if it is election year posturing, at least it is a move in the right direction!

Jun 16 11:42

Ukraine Crisis Reaches A New Flash Point

Events in recent days have brought the situation in Ukraine to a new danger point. Things could get dicey very quickly now that the government in Kiev has denied Russia access to resupply their troops and bases in Transnistria. What the hell is "Transnistria", you ask? I'm afraid that, before the end of June, you'll know very well what and where Transnistria is.

Jun 16 11:40

Ukraine Says It May Freeze Debt Payments to Fund Slaughter in Donbass

This should put to rest any notion that Ukraine is using its money for social uplift. Via AFP:

Ukraine’s premier warned Friday that Kiev would freeze its debt repayments if no immediate deal was found with private lenders because it had to fund its escalating campaign against pro-Russian fighters.

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on his return from a crunch visit to Washington that the International Monetary Fund had given his embattled government a few weeks’ reprieve to enact laws needed for the release of new loans.

But the Western-backed cabinet leader said the Fund had signalized its willingness to let Ukraine restructure debts at its own pace – and that interest payments to Western commercial lenders and Russia may stop as early as next week.

“Today, Ukraine spends as much on foreign and domestic debt servicing as it does on defence,” Yatsenyuk told a government meeting.

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I have a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach, upon reading this.

The IMF now has the blood on their hands of every innocent who is killed or maimed by Ukrainian forces.

Jun 16 11:32

Kids Are Paying the Price for Yemen’s War

Hisham Yahya, 13, is an eager student. As we sat in the large, empty yard of his school in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, with weapons debris scattered about, he said he missed going to class. “I just sit at home, it is so boring, and we have no electricity, nothing,” he said. “I want to go back to school so I can start learning again.”

It doesn’t look like Hisham’s school will be up and running again any time soon.

On March 26, the first day of airstrikes by a Saudi-led international coalition against the Houthi rebels who control the capital and much of the rest of the country, Yemen’s education ministry suspended all classes in Sanaa. Many other areas subject to coalition attacks and fighting between the Houthis and other armed groups soon followed suit. Across Yemen, 3,600 schools – 76 percent of the country’s total – have closed due to insecurity, according to the United Nations. As a result, about 1.85 million children cannot take this year’s final exams.

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This proxy war, lead by Saudi Arabia, has been an unmitigated disaster, and those in the US and Saudi leadership appear to want to punish to death those who threw out their US-sponsored leader, Al-Hadi, and replace him with a government which is more to their liking.

The airstrikes have killed scores of civilians to date, including women, kids, and the medically fragile elderly. Where is the morality here?!?

Apparently, nowhere to be found in this wretched little war.

This would not be happening if Yemen were not on the Saudi border.

Jun 16 11:20


A cohort of faculty at Fordham University dedicated to opposing torture have vehemently denounced CIA Director John Brennan for defending enhanced interrogation techniques used in the wake of Sept. 11 and have pledged to continue their criticisms of Brennan in the coming school year.

Brennan, an alumnus of Fordham who in 1977 earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the private Jesuit university in New York, was also given an honorary degree by the college in 2012 when he was commencement speaker there.

At the time, his address received some protest, with one graduate launching a Change.org petition calling for Brennan’s removal as speaker, and roughly 10 to 15 audience members turning their backs to Brennan during his talk, according to the Fordham Ram campus newspaper.

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Go.......FORDHAM!! At last, we have some people in academia beginning to oppose what has been going on for so many years in the Federal government.

I hope these people are an inspiration to others who want to peacefully protest the utter immorality of torture, and work together to remove it completely from whatever intelligence tactics American military are using.

Jun 16 11:16

10 of the most outrageous things Donald Trump said during his 2016 presidential announcement

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people who have lots of problems (which include) drugs and being rapists.”

"I'm using my own money. I'm not using lobbyists. I'm not using donors. I don't care. I'm really rich."

"I like China. I just sold an apartment for $15 million to someone from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?"

“Saudi Arabia without us is gone. They’re gone.”

“I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will make Mexico pay for that wall.”

"Obama's going to be out playing golf. He might even be on one of my courses."

“People say you don’t like China. No, I love them.”

"I beat China all the time.”

“People say, Mr. Trump, you’re not a nice person. But actually I am.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have our "Sarah Palin" for this coming election!

Jun 16 11:15

Rioting Migrants Attempt to Hijack Trucks Heading for UK

Shocking footage filmed in the French port town of Calais shows desperate migrants attempting to break into delivery trucks heading to the United Kingdom in another illustration of how the country's generous welfare system acts as a beacon for illegal aliens.

The clip shows huge gangs of migrants roaming around on a highway attempting to attack vehicles.